Today, I went to Cardiff Castle for two Cardiff Children's Literature Festival events which were held in the Castle Undercroft. It was a beautiful venue.
The first event I went to was James Mayhew and Zeb Soanes talking about Gaspard. I enjoyed this so much at the FCBG Conference last weekend that I was keen to hear them again. James demonstrated how to draw Gaspard and the audience joined in, producing some wonderful foxes!
Next was the lovely Yuval Zommer whose new book, 'The Big Book of Blue', is every bit as gorgeous as his two previous titles, 'The Big Book of Bugs' (shortlisted for last year's awards) and 'The Big Book of Beasts'. Yuval started by sharing these lovely books and 'The Street Beneath My Feet' with everyone. Petr Horacek was in the audience and Yuval showed us all that his book was even taller than Petr! Even I was dragged into the act as Yuval made me come to the front and tell everyone that his titles are all alliterative!
Everyone enjoyed looking at and talking about the pictures in 'The Big Book of Blue' as Yuval set the children the challenge of drawing a sea monster or sea creature. They set to with great enthusiasm and Yuval circulated, talking to and encouraging each and every one of them. At the end, he called each child out and praised their picture before choosing some winners.
It was a lovely session, full of fun and drawing! I'm looking forward to next weekend's events.
The Big Book of Blue Yuval Zommer with Barbara Taylor
Thames and Hudson ISBN: 978-0500651193